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Arthritis & your cat

Arthritis & your cat

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As you know, cats are natural athletes, but over the years, this high level of activity can take its toll. It may mean that your cat is suffering from wear and tear on his/her joints as a consequence.

According to veterinary experts, many older cats suffer from arthritis. Vets consider all cats over the age of eight to be older, and cats should have a veterinary check up for signs of arthritis at this time. In cats, the hips and elbows are most commonly affected joints.

Diagnosis

Because cats are relatively small and very agile they can hide or cover up mobility difficulties caused by arthritis. Unlike dogs, cats with arthritis don't generally limp.

Instead, cats affected are more likely to show subtle changes in their lifestyle or behaviour. Because you know your cat best you are well placed to keep an eye out for the signs of this potentially painful condition.

If you have noticed any of the following changes or behaviours in your cat you should consult your vet or vet nurse for advice and consider arranging a check up for your cat.

1. Have you noticed your cat hesitating, or being more reluctant to jump up or down?

sad looking cat

2. Have you noticed your cat slowing down?

sleepy cat

3. Have you noticed a deterioration in your cat's appearance?

sleeping cat

4. Have you noticed any change in your cat's attitude or daily routine?

aggressive cat